REQUIREMENTS FOR THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF PETS (DOGS AND CATS)
People entering Colombia with dogs or cats must approach, with the following documents (documents must be translated into Spanish), to the ICA office at the airport, port or border crossing with their pets for the mandatory inspection and to officially authorize their entry.
Sanitary certificate. The health certificate of the animal must contain the following elements:
Issued by the official sanitary authority of the country of origin with its corresponding signature and stamp (original document, copies will not be accepted), for a period not exceeding ten calendar days prior to the trip, stating that the animal was subjected to a clinical examination by a veterinarian, in which the animal was found free of contagious and parasitic diseases, without the presence of fresh or healing wounds, with a valid and current vaccination plan (dates and products) and suitable for transport. The certificate must specify: Name, species, ID (microchip, tattoo, other), breed, gender, age and fur color. Please notify if the animal was treated with internal or external antiparasitic products whose use is duly authorized in the exporting country (dates and products).
Vaccination Certificate: Valid vaccination plan according to age and species, indicating product name and date of administration. Specify product name, batch number, date of administration and validity of the vaccination.
When you want to take your dog or cat traveling, first consult with the official veterinarian service of the country of destination the requirements mandatory for the permit of entry of these pets.
The user, preferably a day before boarding or at the day of travel must approach, with sufficient time, to the ICA office at the airport, port or border crossing with their pets for the mandatory inspection, with the following documents:
Animal Sanitary Certificate
(original and copy) issued for at least three days before travel by a practicing veterinarian which should include name, age, sex, breed and should state that the animal did not show any clinical signs of infectious or parasitic disease, did not have fresh or healing wounds, and had a valid and current vaccination plan.
- certification must state that the animal was treated against internal and external parasites with ICA registered products and that they were applied within the terms set by the country of destination.
(original and copy) Valid according to age and species, indicating product name and date of administration.
Once the documents have been verified and the animal has been inspected, the ICA will issue the Sanitary Inspection Certificate (SIC) whose fee has been established previously by the ICA.
2. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS SET BY THE COUNTRY OF DESTINATION:
The veterinary certificate, in addition to the general requirements, must certify that the pet is free of the parasite Cochliomyia hominivorax
(screw-worm fly of bovine cattle).
Panama and Brazil:
To bring pets to these countries, the consulate demands that the Sanitary Inspection Certificate issued by ICA must be consularized in their own offices.
European Union, Switzerland, South Africa and Japan:
According to the standard CE998/2003, the European Union demands the following requirements for the entry of pets:
- The pet must be identified with a microchip that meets the standard ISO 11784 or ISO 11785
- The pet must be vaccinated against rabies, for which must have minimum three months old.
- The results of laboratory analysis of neutralizing antibodies against rabies (original and copy), must be performed by a laboratory approved by the European Union and the results should not be less than 0.5 IU / ml. The sample for the diagnosis should be taken and sent by a practicing veterinarian one month after vaccination against rabies and three months before the trip, namely, the minimum age of the pet for it to be allowed entry to the European Union countries is seven months.
The list of authorized laboratories can be accessed at the following link:
The standard 998/2003 and its posterior amendments can be accessed at the following link:
Australia, Aruba and Curacao:
Do not allow direct entry of dogs and cats from Colombia.
For the import of other species considered as pets, different from dogs and cats, the permits and sanitary requirements established by the ICA for entry to the country must be complied. These documents, as well as the import feasibility study can be obtained by sending an e-mail to the following address:
The fees can be accessed at the following link:
For more specific information, contact the Quarantine Technical Direction of the ICA at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org or the ICA offices at the airport, port, or border crossing through which your pet will be entering or leaving the country.